Should You Wear A Vest To The Gym Or A T-Shirt? Which Is Best For your Workout?

If you are searching for the best gym set up and clothes to wear to remain comfortable but also get the most out of your workout you may have considered this question:

T-Shirt or Vest – Which is the best?

In this post we are going to explore this question and give you some pros and cons of each so you can see which one will work best for you.

Have a read of the pros and cons but bear in mind that whether you are going to go for a vest for the gym, or whether you are looking at a T-shirt it ultimately depends on what works best for you.

Always go for something that makes you the most comfortable.

If you are in a hurry, you can click here to check out our selection of vests, if you click here, you can check out our selection of T-shirts.

Gym Vests

Let’s get into it and look at the benefits of a good workout vest:

Benefits of Wearing a Vest in the Gym:

The first thing to think about before you make your decision is how much support you need as we had a look at in the blog post on selecting a sports bra.

You may also find it beneficial to have a read of the blog post on picking a decent gym set, this is a great way of being able to get the leggings and the vest in a set.

If you are going for lots of support, then you may find a vest is too loose. The best way to practice is to put on your gym t-shirt on at home.

Roll the sleeves up and see how it feels.

If you do not like the feeling of baring your arms and having more of a range of movement then a vest may not be the best choice for you.

In short, if you are looking to have a very snug fit, you may be better going for a well-fitting sports bra and t-shirt.

If you like the feeling of the looser fit, then you may find a vest will work better for you.

Easier Movement With A Vest:

One of the most obvious pros of wearing a vest is that you will be able to get far easier movement while wearing. You can also think about the activity that you are taking part in, for instance if you are taking part in yoga or anything that requires a lot of body stretching and movement a vest can be really beneficial.

Likewise, a vest can work really well on the treadmill, some people prefer the feeling of having bear arms.

This can help with your range of movement as well as when you get hotter during your workout, you will remain more comfortable.

The easiest way to work this out is to think about your previous visits to the gym, if you have ever felt restricted because of the tight-fitting T-shirt, then trying out a vest might be just the thing for you.

Getting Too Hot:

If you find that you get too hot during your workouts, then we would say to definitely consider a comfortable vest. It will allow you to “air” far better than the T-shirt and this is definitely a favorite choice for runners, aerobics, tennis players and any activity where you need to have a good range of motion and want to stay cooler during the workout.


As we mentioned right at the top of the blog post, this is the main reason that you should consider a vest over a T-shirt.

If you like the idea of having a better range of motion then we think that you will love a vest.

On the flip side, if you like to fill snugger and have a tighter fit then you should opt for a T-shirt or a sports bra.


Of course, another reason to consider a vest is vanity. After all, when you are putting the hard work in the gym, and you have toned arms picking a vest is a great way to show off the rewards of your workout.

This is another reason why you will find that vests are very popular.


Remember this, the right workout clothing can really be a great motivator. It can push you further, it can also give you that “athlete” feeling.

You can put this to the test:

If you go to the gym in some old workout clothes and put in your best times.

Then, pick one of our gym sets at and go to the gym we are almost positive that you will get a better time and maybe even a new personal best.

This is not because the clothes are doing anything physically, however psychologically with a brand-new vest top or gym wear set you will feel like a million dollars.

Going For A T-Shirt?

If you are opting for a T-shirt there are some scenarios where this can work better for you. If you prefer the feeling of being slightly warmer, especially if you are working out outside, it can be far more beneficial to have a T-shirt.

The other reason to consider a T-shirt for the gym, you may prefer walking around with a T-shirt on after your workout as opposed to looking like you are ready to set a new personal best in your vest top.


Whichever you decide the main thing to go for is comfort.

Here at our goal is to make sure that you join our movement and feel comfortable, smash your workout while also making a fashion statement and expressing your individuality to the world.

Whether you are looking to get started down the gym or to take part in regular exercise, or whether you are an athlete we are confident you will find something that will work for you here at

Take a look at our full range of vests and T-shirts below:

Click here to check out our full range of vests and T-Shirts…

Make sure you also have a read of how to pick a great gymwear set, this will help you get everything that you need in one set.

We would also highly recommend checking out seamless gym leggings to go with your vest to look the part and have the most comfortable workout ever!

Thanks for reading and good luck with smashing your fitness goals in 2022!